Thank you

 

So while we frantically run around trying to get the last of the Christmas orders out, we wanted to stop and take a moment to thank each and every one of you who have supported us in any way over the past year.

2017 has definitely been the most interesting of years for us, with all kinds of highs and lows, and everything you can imagine in between. And we just can’t tell you how much we appreciate everything from the tiniest of orders in the shop, to the biggest of orders going overseas, the recommendations and suggestions, the pics and the shares, the likes, and most importantly all the love! We honestly wouldn’t be here without you. So, from all of us at Handmade By Me, we would like to say a big THANK YOU.

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays and a merry Christmas if you celebrate, and we can’t wait to see you back here next year!

Sera

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Please note that tomorrow (wednesday) is the last day for any online orders in time for Xmas, but the Handmade By Me + Windowsill shop will be open until and including Saturday 23 December for any last-minute needs.

And we will be closing for small break from 23 December to 9 January 2018.

And in other news, we recently added some new products to our range. Our new double-sided LUX Panama Foliage 60x60cm cushion covers, as well as our lampshades!

 

We also added 2 new colour ways to our Foliage Wallpaper. Introducing Light Green and Turquoise, what do you think?

As you well know, we just love seeing what our customers do with our fabrics. Isn’t this twinset just delicious in our Foliage on Green lux panama fabric?

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You might remember we were recently looking for some donations for the the S-Cape project with Lanalou Style and Studio Melissa Louise where they were given the opportunity to revamp and transform a safe house and create an uplifting space for young women coming out of trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Well done Lana and Melissa on a really great job! And pretty amazing considering you relied solely on donations!

We’re so excited to see the final result! And so happy we got to play a very small part in this really fantastic initiative.

Click on the links below to see the befores and afters.

https://lanaloustyle.com/2017/11/s-cape-safe-house-revamp-final-reveal.html https://www.melissalouise.co.za/community-project-creating-haven-s-cape/

 

And we love that our African Aloes tote bag made a feature in Southern Vines magazine’s latest edition.
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And last but not least, here are some of our latest pics from our Instagram feed.

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NEW(s)…

It’s a new month and we have some new stockists, new products, and new projects going down…spring has sprung which means new beginnings, and so it’s out with the old and in with the new…or nearly anyways.

First off, we’re so excited to let you know about our latest stockist specially because the owner is one of my nearest and dearest and I couldn’t be prouder! Everyone in Cape Town you HAVE to visit THE GENERAL STORE on cnr Bree St and Riebeek St. The food is sensational while still healthy with lots of choice, and the coffee is one of the best in town! Don’t even get me started on the brownies. This gorgeous feature by VISI magazine says it all. Pics below also by Visi magazine.

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We are also so excited to let you know that our phone covers are now also available from Takealot.com. Not only do they offer free delivery, but you can pay using your eBucks and/or earn yourself some discovery miles. win win win win win.

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We also shared a sneak peek during the last week of the first of our little nappy covers which we will be launching in a whole array of designs real soon. They turned out so cute we just couldn’t help but share this little pic with you.

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Some of you might not know that we supply our fabrics to Saks Corner, one of our favourite local furniture shops in town. Here’s a snap they sent us last week to show us just how fantastic their chair covered in our Geometric Orange panama fabric turned out. Swoon.

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And like we said, it’s out with the old and in with the new, so Handmade By Me is having the BIGGEST sale we have ever had with selected products marked down to HALF PRICE. We are sad to say good bye to some of our older designs but we need to make space for new ones, so we have added lots of cushion covers, aprons, lampshades, tea towels and a few other bits and pieces. View the full sale on display at SAM (South African Market) in Bree Street or take advantage online. Please note that the items on sale are only while stocks last.

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Find out more:
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facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

…the Design Indaba Expo…

As most of you already know handmade by me will be exhibiting at the Design Indaba Expo over the next few days. I am really excited and have been working on some cool new DIY projects which will help showcase my products at the event. Its open to the public on friday, saturday and sunday and well worth a visit! Do pop in and say hi if you’re there. I’ll be at stand J003 if you can’t find me.

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Please also note that I will have limited email access and time over the next few days so if you would like to get in touch please continue to do so and I will try and get back to you as soon as possible.

Here are a few sneak previews of what you can expect to see at the handmade by me stand…

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Origami DIY…

So you might remember the origami birds chair that I reupholstered and upcycled for Oxfam Ireland last year. Well it seems that is has inspired quite a few of you to go on and reupholster chairs of your own using the same origami birds fabric. One of my lovely customers bought a metre of origami birds a few months ago to reupholster a chair of her own, and today she sent me some pics of how her little project turned out. I am so delighted that she is letting me share the pics with you…the chair looks AMAZING!!! And hopefully it will inspire more of you to try this simple and easy way to turn old not so pretty looking furniture into new beautiful statement pieces for your home. yay for upcycling : )

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Here’s the before/after pic of the chair I originally upcycled for Oxfam Ireland.

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And here is one of a set of deck chairs I recently recovered up for a customer using the Origami Birds design in an extra heavyweight cotton…

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Oxfam upcycle project…read all about it!

Remember my lovely origami birds chair I upcycled as a part of the Make Space for Oxfam Campaign, well here is the article from Stellar Magazine that featured the different designers and what they did for the project. As much as I hate that there is a full body picture of me in here, the chair looks great and I am happy I could help be a part of such a great campaign!

Here’s the article below, and if you would like any more information on the campaign itself click here. Here’s hoping my lovely chair generates some good money for them!

To see my original post on the project click here.


My original before and after pic…

my first upcycle project for Oxfam

I was approached by the charity Oxfam Ireland who asked if I would be interested in upcycling a piece of furniture/homewares to be sold in Oxfam Home, and then be interviewed and photographed for a feature about upcycling furniture/homewares to appear in Stellar magazine. The Make Space for Oxfam campaign is about encouraging people to clear their homes of unwanted items and is in response to a fall in donations their shops are experiencing. Its a really good idea, and I think what people don’t realise is that this is such an economical way to make your home look great and you really don’t have to be that DIY savvy.

Now I have ALWAYS wanted to reupholster (or should i say recover?) a chair in one my fabrics so I leapt at the opportunity! Even though I have zero DIY knowhow. Anyway with the help of my lovely DIY fiance and his DIY Dad, I was able to transform this chair in a couple of weeks. The pics below do not do the chair any justice at all as you can’t see the natural wood coming through, but I will be sure to post the magazine feature with its bright shiny professional pics, and well written blurb about my project, but in the meantime here are a few pics of the transformation.

By the way for those who are interested I decided to use one of my first designs, Origami Birds, in a thick upholstery weight fabric to cover the cushion. The chair was cleaned and sanded down and I used a very dark varnish stain to get that dark shiny colour, while still allowing the natural wood texture to come through.

Firstly….the before and after shot….

Here’s me DIYing away….just to prove i really did do the work!

And recovering the cushion…(people who know how to do this properly look away now : ))

So the shoot is on thursday and the article will probably be out in next month’s copy of Stellar magazine, but I was too excited about this to wait until then to show everyone. I’ll be sure to post a bright and shiny copy when it’s ready right here!